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Jefferson County



Courthouse
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Source: David Seibert

LocationLouisville
Date Built1904
Architecture StyleNeoclassical Revival
DesignerW. F. Denney
Seat InformationThe Feb. 20, 1796 act creating Jefferson County designated Louisville as county seat. Louisville, also Georgia's capital at the time, was named in honor of King Louis XVI of France in recognition of French assistance during the American Revolution. Thea legislature incorporated the town in 1818.
Courthouse DetailsLouisville served as Georgia's third capital city, until the capital moved to Milledgeville in 1806. Between 1806 and 1816 several private residences, the Louisville Academy, and an old coffee house served as locales for conducting public business. Eventually the old state capitol building was purchased for use as the county courthouse. A new courthouse was erected on the same sight in 1848, using much of the material from the older building. The current courthouse was built on this same foundation in 1904.
County Data
Population16,930
Population 200017,266
Population Growth-1.9
County SeatLouisville
County Area529.6 Square Miles
Location MapJefferson County Location Map
History

Jefferson County was created from Burke and Warren counties on Feb. 20, 1796 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1796, p. 7). Georgia’s 23rd county was named for former U.S. secretary of state and author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson.

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Historical Population
YearPopulation
2010 16,930
2000 17,266
1990 17,408
1980 18,403
1970 17,174
1960 17,468
1950 18,855
1940 20,040
1930 20,727
1920 22,602
1910 21,379
1900 18,212
1890 17,213
1880 15,671
1870 12,190
1860 10,219
1850 9,131
1840 7,254
1830 7,309
1820 7,054
1810 6,111
1800 5,684